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Customary Council of Papua extend gratitude to Pacific countries

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The celebration was held by the Papua Custom Council in Wamena as an expression of gratitude to the countries in the Pacific that support the release of West Papua – Doc. DAP

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Customary Council (DAP) resulted through an Extraordinary Congress (KLB) in Baliem Valley, Wamena last August extend gratitude to four Pacific countries who had raised Papua’s issue in the United Nations General Assembly in New York last September.

This speech was conveyed by the selected chairman of DAP in KLB, Dominikus Surabut.

“On behalf of Indigenous Peoples of Papua, I thank the Government and People of Vanuatu, the Government and People of Solomon Islands, the Government and People of Tuvalu, and the Government and People of Saint Vincent and the Grenadies, as well as Vivat International, Franciscan International, ICP and Netzwerk of Papua, MSG, PIF, ACP and international community. More thanks to the Papuans who are relentlessly contributing means and prayers for freedom,” said Dominikus Surabut to Jubi in Wamena, Thursday (October 19).

According to him, Papua Customary Council also held a gratitude ceremony at the DAP/United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) office on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. The event was attended by Papuan indigenous peoples in La Pago region and representative components of three founders of ULMWP, the Federal Republic of West Papua (NFRPB), West Papua National Parliament (PNWP) and West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL).

“There were about 1,500 people attend the ceremony. The ‘thanksgiving’ celebration begins with gratitude pray led by Rev. Izak Asso, S.Th, followed by speeches and greetings of Chairman of Papua Custom Council. And the response by three components of ULMWP, which are Engelbert Surabut represents NFRPB, WPNCL by Sole Heselo and PNWP/KNPB by Yonatan Mulait,” he said.

Furthermore he explained that the people of West Papua have to and need to persistently convince various parties that Papua’s issue is not separatism but the obligation that has not yet been fulfilled since the Cold War.

“The West Papua people are determined to be friends of all nations for the sake of eternal peace by always fighting against occupation in any form and manner, including the Indonesian government,” he explained.

He also emphasized that the response of the Indonesian government to the speeches of four Pacific countries related to West Papua as an acute lie. Such a lie is a hallmark of Indonesia that actually shames Indonesia in the international world.

“What is being said by four countries and four international organizations at the UN forum is the latest fact in West Papua. They also have direct contact in West Papua from time to time to follow and look at what has heppening,” he said.

While Sole Heselo, representing PNWP, said the West Papua people’s struggle have long way to go. It should go beyond UN General Assembly and the Debate of the UN Human Rights Council which takes place every year.

“We continue to fight until we gain independence recognition. The key to getting independence is in the hands of the West Papua people. It is important that we build unity within the country,” he said. (*)

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya

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Illustration of Mulia City, Puncak Jaya Regency. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said Puncak Jaya District there should not be a stigma for Puncak Jaya District as a conflict area because it is not a killing field. In contrary, this area is safe and peaceful.

“I governed this region once, so I know what people want. For that reason, I ask the local government officials to be able to take care of the community so to avoid more conflicts,” told Enembe to reporters on Thursday (09/13/2018) at the Office of the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP).

Furthermore, the governor said to avoid conflicts between different tribes and groups; the government officials should not also act to represent their personal or group interests.

Separately, Papua Police Deputy Chief the Brigadier General Yakoubus Marjuki said that the police always try to use a subtle approach to solve conflicts in Papua.

“This is our commitment because we want every region in Papua to always be safe and peaceful including in Puncak Jaya.” (*)

 


Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura presents Tanah Merah Maritime Festival in November

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The coastal indigenous dance performed at the Tanah Merah Maritime Festival last year. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – the Local government of Jayapura District started a campaign introducing the Maritime Festival of Tanah Merah (FBTM) that will be held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Entiyebo, Tablanusu Village, Depapre Sub-district.

FBFM, which held in 2014 for the first time, is part of the annual tourism agenda of the local government along with the Lake Sentani Festival.

The Acting Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Jayapura District Benyamin Yerisetouw said his office has campaigned about this event to some village heads and community leaders in the five coastal sub-districts within the district.

“Our target is, by 19 to 21 November, all communities can participate in this event, in particular, those from the coastal areas, as well as domestic and international tourists,” Yerisetouw explained when met in his office on Friday (9/14/2018).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Indonesian Commerce of Chamber and Industry of Jayapura District Hengky Yoku said the economic development of the local community relies on its potential resources.

“This area has many activities which can promote the cultural history of the local community. When this comes in forms of festival or performance, there is an economic value that resulted from transactions of local community and visitors who attend the event.” (*)

 


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture

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Kamoro women when sorting out sago caterpillars. – Jubi / Doc

Mimika, Jubi – Each clan in Kamoro has ‘taparu’ or a specific location as a place to find food sources when they encircle rivers and mangroves in the lowland estuary of Mimika District.

A Dutch anthropologist J Power states ‘taparu’ is a local terminology emphasizing the relations of land and its inhabitants. “There are also the names of surrounding neighborhoods taken from the ancestral names,” as written in a book “Taparu Fratri of Mimika-Kamoro ethnic groups in Hiripau Village, East Mimika District, Mimika Regency”, by Dessy Pola Usmany et al. from the Ministry Education and Culture Directorate General of Culture Papua Cultural Value Conservation Center, 2013.

‘Taparu’ itself is more related to groups who inhabit within this region or surrounding environment as Kamoro people always encircle the river and sago forest for catching fish or gathering food. Everyone knows their own ‘taparu’.

‘Taparu’ in Kamoro language means the land, while Sempan people call it ‘se iwake’. If someone wants to mark the land he passes in gathering food, he solely adds the prefix ‘we’ such as tumamero-we and efato-we in Omawka village.

Similarly, people in Nawaripi village also do the same. Their areas are including Tumukamiro-we, Viriao-we, and Iwiri-we. All of these names reflect the relationship between the land and inhabitants.

Meanwhile, like the majority of Kamoro people, Ojibwa people believe in the power of their late patrilineal clan that depicted in the symbols of animals. The anthropologists call these symbols with totems which mean a belief that embodies a symbolic representation of society.

Unfortunately, today taparu also face the severest challenges of sedimentation due to tailings of mining activity that cause the silting of river and discolouration of Mollusca habitat in the estuary of Mimika District. (*)

 

Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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